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  • NIH Funds to Support Rehabilitative Research

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will provide approximately $30 million over a 5-year period to fund a network of centers to advance medical rehabilitation research.

    The Medical Rehabilitation Research Network connects the research community with courses and workshops, research facilities, mentorship, and consultations and with experts at the network centers. The network also provides researchers with small grants to test new ideas. The aim of rehabilitation research is to promote recovery, adaptation, and functioning for patients with disabilities resulting from stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury, developmental or degenerative disorders, or other persistent physical conditions.

    The new network provides researchers with access to expertise in such areas as:

    • computer simulations for understanding movement disorders and evaluating how potential interventions might affect those movements
    • techniques for analyzing how genes and molecules influence the recovery process
    • technologies for studying muscle action and function
    • assistance in tracking how well treatments meet the needs of patients
    • expertise in analyzing population data to evaluate the broader impact of rehabilitative treatments and health services
    • robots and sensors to assist patients and help deliver therapeutic treatments
    • the means to assess new rehabilitation technologies and bring new therapeutic devices to the marketplace

    More information on the network and the recipients is available at this link.

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